Former Michigan star Jabrill Peppers is one of the players who had a diluted sample from their drug test at the combine, news that sprung just days before the draft.
NFL notified teams that Michigan’s Jabril Peppers tested positive for a dilute sample at the combine, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 24, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter provided further details, via a CAA spokesperson.
“Peppers went to the combine. He was sick after flying there from San Diego. He has a history of cramping. Peppers was being pumped with fluids, drinking 8-10 bottles of water before he went to bed, because he was the first guy to work out two days for the LBs and DBs. He had to go through that first day, come back on second day, and that was the fear. So Peppers was pounding water and under the weather. He never failed a drug test in his life, nor tested positive before for any substance.”
This puts Peppers into the NFL’s program, meaning he’ll be subject to periodic drug tests. If he ends up testing positive for any banned substance, then he’ll be subject to a suspension.
Already a fringe late-first rounder, Peppers might seen his stock slip a bit after this. On the other hand, maybe it won’t make any difference whatsoever.
This lands Peppers in the drug program. Borderline first-rounder before, now may drop a little. https://t.co/T2cCbZn6AU
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 24, 2017
It’s certainly not ideal, regardless, for this information to come out so close to the draft.